Volunteer

Every year over 500 people add immense value to The Connection’s services by volunteering their time. We currently have the following vacancies:

Medical Team Volunteer
Our Day Centre offers a walk in client NHS medical service and we require a volunteer to ensure the service runs smoothly and efficiently.
Your role would be the first point of contact for homeless clients seeking medical attention with either a nurse, doctor or podiatrist.

You would manage the waiting lists and ensure every client is ready when their appointment comes up. This would involve a lot of client facing/talking, reassurance and being able to run around the building locating clients and escorting them to the medical rooms. You may also give advice about what the service can and cannot provide. Full training and induction is offered and you would receive support and guidance from the medical proffessionals. We need someone every Tuesday morning from 9am to 12pm.

Activity Room Support
Our ground floor Activities Room requires a volunteer who can come in every Wednesday morning from 8:45am to 12:30pm
The Activities Room holds client computers, telephones and a small library. You may be asked to assist with any of these along with filling in forms, doing initial assessments or showing new clients around. This is a client facing role where no two days are the same and where a large portion of the day is simply listening or conversing with clients. Training and support is provided by the Day Centre Team

Student Placements
The Connection at St Martin’s takes on student placements from Social Work, Youth Work, Ex-offenders and Substance Misuse or Mental Health specialist courses that need to complete a work placement as part of their final year studies. Please be aware that due to high demand and limited places it is imperative you apply early and application does not guarantee a place with the charity as it is competitive. Please contact the Volunteer Manager for more information and/or application forms.

Language Volunteers and Client Advocates – CSTM Service Delivery – Bulgarian and Hungarian
The Connection at St Martins works with a wide range of people that find themselves homeless on the streets of Westminster. Some of these people do not have English as their first language and it is at times difficult for our front line staff to communicate with them to be able to assess their needs and support them. Additionally, it is often difficult for these clients to advocate for themselves with other services. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers with language skills who are able to support some of the most vulnerable homeless people to communicate with us as well as with other services that we are able to link them with. We are currently looking for Bulgarian and Hungarian speakers to join us as language volunteers.

All volunteers at The Connection at St Martin’s will have access to training and support and if you are unwaged your travel expenses will be paid.

For more information about these opportunities please call Lance Kuhn – Volunteer Manager on 020 7925 7893 or email lance.kuhn@cstm.org.uk

Friends of The Connection
The Friends of the Connection – a sister charity, which raises money for the Connection’s work, is looking for volunteers to help with communications, fund-raising and membership recruitment. These tasks would involve working closely with the Friends’ Committee and giving a few hours a month. If you are interested please email Nigel Thorpe on nigeljthorpe@gmail.com

All volunteers at The Connection at St Martin’s will have access to training and support and if you are unwaged your travel expenses will be paid.

*Please note, we require a six month commitment for most of our volunteering positions.

For more information about what it’s like to volunteer with us watch this short film.